Zody Chair by Haworth, Inexplicable Green Comfort

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This is The Zody Chair by Haworth.  It’s an incredible chair.  Best chair I’ve ever used.  It gives you this feeling that’s hard to explain.  It’s kind of like when you get a new pair of shoes at the age of 8 or 9.  Those shoes make you run faster, jump higher, and do more.  Well, this chair is that for business people.  It helps you do more when you’re doing a lot of sitting around.  I feel different in this jet black, super modern, eco-friendly, award-winning chair. 

Today’s that big shopping day with all the crowds:  it’s Black Friday.  If you’re in the market for a quality gift, I honestly think you should just ring in an order for one of these and call your Christmas shopping done.  I’m serious.  I recently toured the offices of a green renovation and they had a room full of Zody chairs.  When they were looking for chairs, they felt the Zody chair was superior in green benefits and had a reasonable price.   

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Amenity: Green Fabrics, Furniture, Art, + More

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Amenity is a wonderful green home company, especially for all you eco-parents out there.  Amenity offers a hip line of eco fabrics, bedding, nursery furniture, pillows, wall art, and even totes.  Their fabrics are all made from organic and sustainable materials and printed using water-based, environmentally-friendly inks. 

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By |November 19th, 2007|Materials, Modern design|0 Comments

Adaptive Reuse for LEED Wis Tavern

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The first Gold certified LEED-H home in Illinois is built from the renovation of an old neighborhood tavern.  The 3,800 square foot building is used by the owners as both a residence and as the offices of their company:  Smog Veil Records.  The label has adopted an "eco-friendly" set of principles, and the owners felt their home/office ought to reflect those values as well.  Daylighting, recycled materials, and efficient appliances were all part of this project.  Inside, some of the floors are made of a terrazzo made from recycled glass and chunks of old vinyl records.  (That's probably the only kind of vinyl flooring anyone should have.)

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By |November 17th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, LEED, Nature, Single Family|7 Comments

[Video] Anatomy of a Green Renovation

If you have time, you can sit through all ten of these episodes and really soak in some excellent information.  In Dwell’s first web video series, Building Green in Harlem, the modern magazine company followed David and Alysia as they renovated a brownstone into a modern, sustainable home.  For some reason, the last and final video, Episode 10, which I’ve gone ahead and embedded above for your Friday viewing pleasure, isn’t on the Dwell website with the others.  It is on GreenStreet‘s website; GreenStreet was the design/build team for the project.  The above video shows what they were able to accomplish, and videos like this give people an idea of what can honestly be expected in a green rehab.  Here: open, light, airy, modern.

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Clinton Library Goes Platinum

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Back in 2004, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum received LEED Silver certification as a newly constructed green building.  Recently, though, they went back to the drawing table and brainstormed ways to make the building greener.  After beefing up the green cleaning and recycling programs and purchasing RECs for the energy use they couldn't reduce through conservation and efficiency, they've been able to make some major improvements.  Today, a press release was issued recognizing the Clinton Library for receiving LEED-EB Platinum certification, which is quite the accomplishment.  Congrats, Mr. Clinton.

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By |November 14th, 2007|LEED, Nature|0 Comments

House of Tomorrow, Zero Energy Green Prefab

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This green prefab, sponsored by French architecture magazine Architectures à Vivre, was on display last weekend at the Batimat Show in Paris.  I think it’s called La Maison de Demain, which I also think is French for House of Tomorrow.  We’ll go with that as the name for now.  Their website is in French, so if anything, you can glean certain design elements from studying the images.  Some of the below information is from Google’s translation, so I hope it’s accurate. 

The home is built with three prefabricated modules and meant to show that green design can be affordable and attractive.  An important aspect of the house is the open area in the middle, which could be used as a covered patio to extend the footprint of the home into the natural environment.  Everything about the home is green, too, as far as I can tell: FSC-certified wood and siding, green label paints, low-VOC recycled carpet tiles, LED lighting, low-flow toilet, reinforced insulation, and photovoltaic panels.  You’ll also notice the living roof that provides numerous efficiency benefits (and seems to get water from the slanted roof).  In the end, the compact, modern home is very efficient.  Matter of fact, it’s nearly net zero energy consumption once the solar panels are live.  Nice.

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